How do you paint skirting boards?
For a seamless look, follow the same colour as your walls or ceiling. Paint on skirting boards is long-lasting but aim to top it up every three to four years.
- Thoroughly clean the area and use a fine-grit sanding sheet of paper to it down.
- Tape up the edges of the skirting boards and apply the first coat of paint with even moves. If you’re going for a bold or dark colour, apply a layer of primer to keep the surface in good condition.
- Wait for the first layer to dry overnight, then apply a second coat. Follow the same process if a third coat is needed.
How do you re-grout tiles?
You can easily do this with an electric grout remover, but if you want to tackle it manually, follow these steps:
- Clean the tiles to get rid of any dirt or dust.
- Starting with a mould-resistant tile grout, mix the grout together, making sure not to form any air bubbles.
- Apply the grout to the tiles with a grout spreader using diagonal motions, making sure to fill in all the gaps.
- Let the grout sit for two to four minutes, then wipe off any excess with a damp, lint-free cloth, following the same diagonal motion.
How do you varnish floorboards?
Preparation is key, so cover up any minor gaps, scratches or chips before you start varnishing. Rent a special floor edging sander, put on a dust mask, and follow the below steps:
- Open door and windows to encourage air ventilation.
- Apply just the right amount of varnish, by dipping your pad into the mixture and testing it on a small area.
- Start from the corner of the room and follow the wood grain's direction by doing long, straight strokes.
- Allow the varnish base coat to dry for a few hours before applying the next layer. Aim to do two to three coats of varnish for the best result.
- Follow with a topcoat and let it dry overnight – the longer you let it dry, the better the results.